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Indians take advantage of needed day off after flight delay

By Marla Ridenour Published: April 4, 2014

The Indians’ return from Oakland after Wednesday’s day-night doubleheader against the A’s was delayed two hours by mechanical issues with their aircraft. The Tribe ended up busing from the Coliseum to San Francisco International Airport instead of flying out of Oakland as scheduled and didn’t depart until 4 a.m. EDT.

Fortunately, Thursday was an off day before today's home opener.

The Indians’ plane landed at 8:20 a.m. Thursday and the players got back to Progressive Field at about 9:30. Manager Terry Francona said he slept at the park, instructing the clubhouse staff to open the bed in his office.

“I was so tired when I got home yesterday – was it yesterday?” Francona said.

“That was a tired group when we got home. We had an optional workout, I told ‘em if they showed up they were optioned out. We could use the day.”

When Jason Kipnis went through a magnetic resonance imaging test Tuesday as a prelude to signing his six-year, $52 million contract extension, he said he feel asleep in the tube.

Francona said he still arrived at Progressive Field at about 7 a.m.


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